SCI-TECH – 3

Oct 13
The river otter found on the island of Tsushima in southwestern Japan is unlikely to be the Japanese river otter, an endemic species that has been declared extinct, a researcher said Thursday. (Jiji)

Oct 12
A volcano in southwestern Japan is erupting for the first time in six years and spread ash in nearby cities and towns. (Japan Today)

Oct 12
The discovery of a new species of clione sea slug, usually found in chilly polar waters, in central Japan’s Toyama Bay may shed light on sea temperature changes, a local university said Thursday. (Kyodo)

Oct 12
A man in his 40s in Tokushima Prefecture has acquired the tick-borne disease known as severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome, or SFTS, through contact with a dog, local government said Tuesday. (Japan Times)

Oct 11
A female giant panda cub born in June is growing up healthily and can pull to stand on her hind legs, Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo said Wednesday. (Jiji)

Oct 11
The alert level for Mt Shinmoe, a volcano in Kyushu region, has been raised to 3 on a scale 5 after a small-scale eruption on Wednesday, the Japan Meterological Agency said. (Japan Today)

Oct 10
Japan’s space agency has successfully launched a fourth and last satellite for its own version of a global positioning system. (NHK)

Oct 10
The most modern and advanced country in the world? Well, Japan is certainly at the top, but it wasn’t always that way. Before the Meiji Restoration (1868) Japan was closed to the outside world. Before 1868, it was the time of the samurai and feudal society. (ONLY in JAPAN)

Oct 07
A magnitude 5-point-9 earthquake has struck northeastern Japan. (NHK)

Oct 06
Researchers at Kyoto University in Japan have started what they say is the world’s first clinical trial of medicine found through iPS cell studies. (NHK)